May 10-11, 2023 · In-Person at the Gleacher Center

Spring 2023 Coase Project Conference



Robin Burgess, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science; Director, International Growth Centre (IGC)
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Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, UChicago; Director, Becker Friedman Institute (BFI)
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University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Room 208

450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 

The Coase Project Conference aims to deepen and elevate the fields of climate, energy, and environmental economics. During this two-day conference hosted at the University of Chicago, a leading group of interdisciplinary scholars joined UChicago’s Michael Greenstone and the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Robin Burgess to present their research and participated in creative and innovative conversations to confront the global energy and environment challenge.

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Spring 2023 Coase Project Conference


  • Tuesday, May 9

    Note: All times listed are CST.

    6:30-9:00 PM | Welcome Dinner

    Roka Akor 

    445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 

  • Wednesday, May 10

    Note: All times listed are CST. All presentations will take place in Room 208.

     8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast 220 Lounge

    8:55 – 9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks 

    Robin Burgess, London School of Economics 

    Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago 

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Macroeconomics and Climate Change 

    Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics 

    Per Krusell, Stockholm University 

    Ishan Nath, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

    11:00- 11:30 a.m. | Environmental Permits, Regulatory Capacity, and Firm Outcomes

    Namrata Kala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    11:30 – 12:00 p.m. | The Origins and Control of Forest Fires in the Tropics 

    Clare Balboni, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch – 220 Lounge 

    1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Carbon Prices and Forest Preservation Over Space and Time in the Brazilian Amazon

    Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago 

    1:45-2:15 p.m. | Do Transportation Networks Facilitate Adaptation to Environmental Extremes? 

    Dave Donaldson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    2:15-2:45p.m. | Adverse Selection in Carbon Offset Markets: Evidence from the Clean Development Mechanism in China 

    Nicholas Ryan, Yale University 

    2:45 – 3:00 p.m. | Break 

    3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Environmental Consequences of Hydrocarbon Transportation Policy

    Ryan Kellogg, University of Chicago 

    3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Dynamic Climate Adaptation 

    Christopher Costello, University of California, Santa Barbara 

    4:00- 5:00 p.m. | Facing our Responsibilities: Sustainability Funding and Structuring a Climate Fund for Low Income Countries

    Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    5:00 p.m. | Conference Adjourns 

    6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Conference Dinner 


    74 West Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654 

  • Thursday, May 11

    Note: All times listed are CST. All presentations will take place in Room 208.

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast 220 Lounge 

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Environment and Productivity 

    Namrata Kala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    John van Reenan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

    11:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Pollution Exposure and Health: The Role of Private Actions and Environmental Externalities in Nairobi 

    Susanna Berkouwer, University of Pennsylvania 

    11:30 – 12:00 p.m. | Water Works: Causes and Consequences of Safe Drinking Water in America 

    Joseph Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley 

    12:00 – 12:30 p.m. | Climate Beliefs and Migration Choices in Bangladesh 

    Gharad Bryan, London School of Economics 

    12:30 – 1:00 p.m. | Can the Regulation of Fugitive Methane Emissions from Fracking Work? Experimental Evidence from Colorado 

    Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago 

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch – 220 Lounge

    2:00 p.m. | Conference Adjourns